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Age Group Breakdown of Top Mobile Ringtones (U.S.)

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Women outpaced men in purchasing ringtones by two to one during the third quarter, reports Telephia. Sixty-nine percent of mobile ringtones were bought by women, while purchases by men comprised 31 percent of the total revenue share. Overall, more than 9 percent of the wireless population purchased a ringtone during the last quarter, with The Pussycat Dolls' Don't Cha attracting the highest per

Close Encounters Drive Traffic Alerts

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

After at least two separate accidents in which Demetrius Thompson was a pedestrian in the path of drivers talking on cell phones, he decided it was time to do something about it. Thompson, with the help of longtime friend and software composer Derek Butcher, developed a system that will warn drivers via their cell phones when they're approaching an intersection.

Cingular Unveils Affordable 3G PTT Handset

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Cingular Wireless is rolling out a new 3G handset from LG Electronics MobileComm that features push-to-talk (PTT) capabilities. The CU400 is the first 3G handset in Cingular's portfolio that supports PTT, according to the carrier.

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Leap Extends Cricket Wireless Reach

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Leap Wireless is bringing its Cricket brand home, launching the wireless service in its hometown of San Diego, Calif. The company first launched the unlimited wireless service seven years ago.

Nortel Pushes WiMAX

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Nortel announced WiMAX trials with Toshiba in Japan, which will be conducted in the northern Tohoku region. Separately, Nortel is working with Chunghwa Telecom to build Taiwan's first integrated local government WiMAX network, according to the company.

MetroFi Brings Portland Wi-Fi Network Online

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

MetroFi is on its way to delivering free citywide access to most of Portland after launching the first phase of the network, which will eventually cover 95 percent of the city's indoor and outdoor areas, according to the company.

MobileCierge Delivers Personal Assistants in Hand

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Personal assistants are no longer just for the rich, thanks to the newly introduced MobileCierge service launched on the updated Handmark Pocket Express platform. The mobile service gives subscribers 24/7 access to live help from everything to finding airline tickets to emergency assistance.

CDG Brands Rev C Services as Ultra Mobile Broadband

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) has been selected by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) to describe the advanced technologies and services that will be supported by the CDMA2000 1XEV-DO Revision C (Rev. C) standard.

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Motricity Buys GoldPocket

February 27, 2007 4:35 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Motricity is venturing beyond the deck with the purchase of GoldPocket Wireless. While financial details of the deal were kept under wraps, executives from the two companies say they believe the synergies achieved through the deal will help grow the mobile market.

The Unending WiMAX Question

February 27, 2007 4:35 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Will WiMAX replace 3G? I put this question in the same irritating unanswered query category as, "Are we there yet?" It is asked at regular intervals and people try to answer it in a way that satisfies the asker. At this point, you really can't predict if the technologies will be competitive, let alone if one will repl

Sony, Cingular Power Up First EDGE Laptop

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

Cingular Wireless is hoping to literally give enterprise laptop users the EDGE, striking a partnership with electronic giant Sony to provide notebooks with built-in connectivity.

Hybrid Schemes Tap into Office PBX

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

In the classic children's story, Goldilocks tested the three bears' beds until she found the one that felt just right. It appears Avaya is using that same strategy as it develops hybrid voice systems that meld cellular and office PBX functions. The communication systems provider has struck integration deals with three handheld suppliers, each exploring different development paths – and in

Wireless Bans Get Second Look

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Wireless phones are everywhere – plastered to more and more people's ears. They are loved by many, despised by some and indispensable for tens of millions of people. The widespread use of the technology has spawned bans where its use has become a distraction or deemed an annoyance. Now, however, those initial bans are getting a second look as the sheer volume of wireless phone use has tr

Content Firms Seek Overseas Expansion

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Mobile entertainment is a fast-growing industry segment that is finally starting to reap financial rewards as U.S. subscribers warm to ringtones, games and downloads. At the same time, the mobile content arena is maturing just as wireless carriers solidify their relationships with content aggregators, making it difficult for new players to make inroads.

Hopes Rise for Off-Portal Content

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

European operators are witnessing an explosion of off-portal content as consumers purchase ringtones, wallpaper, games and other entertainment from sites the carriers haven't sanctioned. U.S. operators have traditionally avoided this type of business strategy because they feared losing revenue, hindering their customer relationship or jeopardizing the security of their networks by allowing infe

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